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by Wellan
Sat Aug 29, 2009 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Favorite video game quote?
Replies: 220
Views: 22291

Re: Favorite video game quote?

"Having a house on this bridge is strangely convenient. You can dump the owner - uh...I mean the garbage right into the water!" This is from Mario and Luigi: The Superstar Saga. A great line because some random, unimportant citizen in some village sprouts it when you talk to him, and becau...
by Wellan
Mon Aug 24, 2009 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hilarious use for bad computer translations
Replies: 119
Views: 16159

Re: Hilarious use for bad computer translations

Time to lose some sleep! If a chick cannot break the shell of its egg, it will die without being born. もしニワトリの卵の殻破るできない場合は、生まれることなく死んでしまう。 If you can not beat a chicken egg shells if you are dying without being born. もしあなたが生まれることなく死んでいる場合は鶏の卵の殻に勝てないことができます。 If you were born to die without if you can...
by Wellan
Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Welcome, Dear Leader!
Replies: 41
Views: 3125

Re: Welcome, Dear Leader!

Would the Obama administration go for this idea? There would certainly be some adversity to the whole plan. Also, it can't work if Kim doesn't accept - he might not. And crowds of protesters...yeah, there would be crowds of protesters. It would be nice if pulled off properly, but is that possible? E...
by Wellan
Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UN Envi. Chief urges global ban on plastic bags
Replies: 50
Views: 3644

Re: UN Envi. Chief urges global ban on plastic bags

And if you decide to buy something but forgot to bring your reusable bag? I think the solution might be to not forget your reusable bags when you go shopping. Actually my mom had some of them (though we're in Canada - and they aren't all that common yet). She doesn't forget them because it's part o...
by Wellan
Sun Jun 07, 2009 6:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 794648

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was in some kind of ruined museum with some friends. We found the statue "The Thinker", and decided to critique it. We decided that it had obviously been put together in a hurry, since there were stitches all over it. Then I tried to find a bathroom, but the museum ejected me into a &quo...
by Wellan
Tue Jun 02, 2009 12:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Survival Skills - Zombies, Raptors, Solar Flares, AIs, etc..
Replies: 47
Views: 4621

Re: Survival Skills - Zombies, Raptors, Solar Flares, AIs, etc..

-I can cook, but more specifically, I'm good at cooking simple but tasty meals using only basic ingredients (rice and some herbs is more than enough). -I'm good at tactics and strategy, and would be a good choice to organize defenses for a base if it's going to be attacked. -I'm also good at AI tact...
by Wellan
Tue May 26, 2009 6:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: morning psychosis
Replies: 103
Views: 10327

Re: morning psychosis

No-one ever talks out loud in my dreams (though telepathy figures big), and a weird side effect of this is that I'm completely mute for a few seconds after I wake up mid-dream. When I was young, I couldn't just wake up screaming from a nightmare - I had to wait a little while. It isn't just normal s...
by Wellan
Sun May 17, 2009 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sex and love
Replies: 21
Views: 4141

Re: Sex and love

A couple of the beliefs General_Norris mentioned do bother me. "Love cannot be described." Well, yes, it can. If you want a scientific explanation, I'm sure we can identify the hormones that come into play - love is not magic. It might feel that way to someone who is in love, but so might ...
by Wellan
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Unfailable plan B's
Replies: 16
Views: 2738

Re: Unfailable plan B's

Plan B: Read the instructions, then try again.

Works every time. (Assuming there are instructions.)
by Wellan
Sun Feb 15, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Awesome Teacher Quotes
Replies: 1764
Views: 404209

Re: Awesome Teacher Quotes

"Assuming that your cow is symmetrical..." That was my physics teacher. We were trying to find the force required to tip over a cow of a certain mass...I'm not sure how it happened My physics/math teacher from two years ago: "Yes, the photocopier's acting up again. That's why all your...
by Wellan
Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Nicknames
Replies: 162
Views: 14901

Re: Nicknames

I used to be called "French Freak" by my enemies (I was in French Immersion and *gasp* actually spoke some French.) These days, some people at school call me "Warlock Forest Mat of The Horde". This one guy decided to nickname me, then decided on that as the nickname (for no appar...
by Wellan
Tue Jan 13, 2009 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Sword laser tag games
Replies: 11
Views: 1803

Re: Sword laser tag games

"Electric" swords for standard fencing already exist. They work by pushing a button at the tip of your sword on your opponent's (metal-coated) vest - this registers as a hit. Pushing the button on anything other than your opponent's vest shows up as a miss. There are problems with this. It...
by Wellan
Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?
Replies: 49
Views: 6246

Re: Concerning Toture

Torture can't be justified by a lack of side effects, even if the above were possible. You're still harming the person, even if it doesn't last. Also, threatening to torture someone is still, under my definition, torture. You're trying to force information out of someone by fear instead of pain - th...
by Wellan
Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What laws can(should) a Democracy make
Replies: 21
Views: 2330

Re: What laws can(should) a Democracy make

Driving without a seat belt definitely harms society, not just yourself. The costs to treat accident victims (assuming the insurance company won't pay, which it won't, if you aren't wearing a seat belt) can be immense -- at the very least, they take up space in emergency rooms. One possibility is t...
by Wellan
Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What laws can(should) a Democracy make
Replies: 21
Views: 2330

Re: What laws can(should) a Democracy make

1. Should it be possible to forbid things which indirectly harm the society: If you take to many drugs it may be that you are unable to perform a job (or it might cause you to steal things cause you need money for drugs) thus you indirectly harm the society. Or If If decide to chop off my fingers I...
by Wellan
Tue Dec 16, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

So it is situation dependent on whether or not you may be doing something which is ethical. But the act of simply signing up for the lower ranks of the military, and agreeing for a certain period of time to, "follow orders, no matter what" is inherently unethical. So, in essence, putting ...
by Wellan
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4342
Views: 552742

Re: Non-Sequitor Showdown.

Yah FRY it!!

At 350 degrees, for 99 minutes.
by Wellan
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0517: "Marshmallow Gun"
Replies: 118
Views: 29176

Re: "Marshmallow Gun" Discussion

I'll throw my support in with the crowd that loved this one. Sure, the reference is a little inaccurate; it's called artistic license. And the joke is really funny. I think that Randall might have anticipated some negative reactions to the main joke, which would be why he threw in the first line joke.
by Wellan
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unethical careers
Replies: 84
Views: 8245

Re: Unethical careers

I don't think that there is any career that is intrinsically unethical. A weapons developer be ethical if they make their weapons very safe for the user and only give them to countries engaging in defensive warfare. Even if you consider killing someone, directly or indirectly, no matter the circumst...
by Wellan
Thu Nov 27, 2008 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 102
Views: 14098

Re: Conspiracy Theories

Is the vilification of conspiracy theorists justified given the number of actual verified historical conspiracies? Do false conspiracy theories do significant damage to society? If you were around at the time of a real historical conspiracy would you have believed the people claiming that it was a ...
by Wellan
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Interpret Body Signals
Replies: 50
Views: 6644

Re: Interpret Body Signals

Going back to the original post, I often do the "'look down' pause 'look ahead'". For me, it has nothing to do with other nearby people - it means I was thinking through something and came to a definite conclusion. I sometimes walk slightly slouched forward, but that isn't a social cue for...
by Wellan
Tue Nov 04, 2008 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9282

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

In some cases, assassination can be a good alternative to all-out war. (That's "good" as in "one death isn't as bad as a thousand". VERY few deaths are inherently good events.) The big question is: is assassination outside of wartime ever justified? I can't think of any cases in ...
by Wellan
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1220316

Re: Ban the person above you

Asmodieus wrote:Banned for a fender stratocaster


Banned for failing to use a period.
by Wellan
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4342
Views: 552742

Re: Non-Sequitor Showdown.

pkuky wrote:'nam? I 'ardly know 'er!


Guys? The non-sequiteur game is fun and all, but I think it's about time to get this thread on to a coherent and serious topic.
I'm not being sarcastic! I mean it!
by Wellan
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What are Rights?
Replies: 16
Views: 2069

Re: What are Rights?

Rights are simply privileges granted by the state that people feel are somehow holier and more important than the rest. None of the so-called "universal human rights" are universal, and even in "free" countries, there are exceptions to "rights". You can have most "...
by Wellan
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About the evolution of homo sapiens sapiens
Replies: 48
Views: 6673

Re: About the evolution of homo sapiens sapiens

The attractive man must be well-groomed, adaptable, emotionally strong, he must have high social value, the ability to form an emotional connection, goals for the future, authenticity, and self-worth. Technology be damned, if you're not any of these things, odds are you're not sexually attractive, ...
by Wellan
Tue Oct 21, 2008 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What are Rights?
Replies: 16
Views: 2069

Re: What are Rights?

Hm...well, why not. Here goes. --"What is the source of rights?" No. As in, if you attribute rights to a source, then they vanish if that source does. That's bad. Hence, no source. --"What are some properties they definitely have?" --"What properties do they definitely not h...
by Wellan
Wed Oct 15, 2008 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can the value of life be reduced to numberical values?
Replies: 34
Views: 2456

Re: Can the value of life be reduced to numberical values?

Personally, I'd call it a bad idea to assign human lives values. It's not necessarily immoral to do so, but it might be, if you assign someone the wrong value and then treat them according to that value. And since the unit of measurement you use can only be arbitrary, you're almost certain to have t...
by Wellan
Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Low voter turn-out...ok?
Replies: 153
Views: 9626

Re: Low voter turn-out...ok?

Personally, I think everyone should do a good deal of research on the available parties and their political stances before deciding not to vote. If they still don`t want to vote after that, oh well. I don`t think that any of the suggested measures for regulating voting (tests, taxes...) would have m...
by Wellan
Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: About the evolution of homo sapiens sapiens
Replies: 48
Views: 6673

Re: About the evolution of homo sapiens sapiens

That doesn't mean we can't get more efficient brains. Also, I'd say that a "big head" evolution is more likely to start happening now than any other time, becuase of the development of C-sections. In general, I don't think that evolution is going to help or hinder us much for a good few mi...
by Wellan
Thu Oct 09, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Vending machine!
Replies: 11568
Views: 1053241

Re: Vending machine!

You hear a symphony.

I put in a musical score.
by Wellan
Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Instant Band Name
Replies: 70
Views: 5986

Re: Instant Band Name

Flat hair.

Sounds "retro"...
by Wellan
Thu Oct 09, 2008 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4342
Views: 552742

Re: Non-Sequitor Showdown.

Bah humbug.
by Wellan
Wed Oct 08, 2008 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 10464

Re: Being too correct?

I can't call myself a "komma klansman"! It has two misspelled words! "Grammar zealot" could work, I guess.

Bobber...don't you mean "portmanteau"? I believe it comes from the French "porter" (to hold or carry) and "manteau" (coat).
by Wellan
Wed Oct 08, 2008 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Learning math.
Replies: 5
Views: 1111

Re: Learning math.

Half a year ago, it could have been me making that first post. I'm going to take a shot in the dark and suggest that, like me, you might not be "bad" at math, but have some minor problem that gets in the way - especially in a high school setting. My problem is that I take AGES to finish to...
by Wellan
Wed Oct 08, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Being too correct?
Replies: 109
Views: 10464

Re: Being too correct?

I think foreign language teachers are quite often bad at correcting verbal mistakes. I've had two French teachers like that. I'm not too uptight about verbal grammar, but I do still groan when people say things like LOL (pronounced "lawl".) There is such a thing as slandering the English l...
by Wellan
Tue Oct 07, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2413645

Re: INTRO THREAD THE mosaic salmon

Benfrenchman wrote:Hey! Welcome to the fora! Don't come to my workplace or me and my colleagues will eat your entrails for your views on Oxford commas! Have a nice day!


I'll bear that in mind.

Oddly enough, people also tend to think I'm French, because I speak French relatively well.
by Wellan
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Ban the person above you
Replies: 20286
Views: 1220316

Re: Ban the person above you

Banned for using alliteration.
by Wellan
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4342
Views: 552742

Non-Sequitor Showdown.Re:

That was DEFINITELY a fluke. I want a rematch!

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